Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3

skullandscythe 2018-03-04 17:36:19
Things are not going as well with Zaef. The possibility of climbing over was still tantalizing, though without the easy access points from the alley, the going would be steep.

Zaef gestures to Angel the possibility of going over. Zaef's done stuff like it before in the Arena, and he can help Angel up, if push comes to shove.
punkey 2018-03-15 04:06:36
Angel nods - this isn't the first city street he's had to boost and climb out of. He waits for an opening, stays low, and hustles to step into Zaef's waiting hands for a boost.

(2d8+1d10 Angel stealth plus cloaked bonus = 3+3+10 vs. 1d6 militia notice = (6) = 6
1d10+1d8 Zaef Might + Bloodwraith for mentioning Arena tactics = 7+1 vs 5)

Angel's heart stops when he sees the militia soldier on the belt-fed turn his way and look right at him - and right through him, as the dark nighttime alley and active camo on his armor do their thing. Zaef's boost shoves him right up onto the lip of the building, where he wraps his arms around a conveniently place - and fortunately not hot - vent pipe, and Zaef climbs up his back before hauling Angel the rest of the way up.

"Lesson learned - stick to the roofs," Angel said. "We're in position."


"Easy for you to say," Hale gasps. "We're ready over here."


All four elements are in position. Garrett and Ngawai are near the main road leading to the bazaar, the front gate of Wazir's little compound. The defenses here are all about taking advantage of that wide-open road, with sandbag barricades and four machine guns on mounts pointed down the road with six militia manning the checkpoints. It'd be a great defense against attacks from vehicles or a mob - but only if you can see what you're shooting at, which the darkness and active camo make rather difficult.

Luis and Arketta are near seller's entrance. Lots of cover, very tight quarters between stacks of crates and shipping containers trucked in from the Black Sea. The stacks of obstructions and EMP mean good luck spotting how many people are somewhere in there - you both hear a few different conversations, and above it all, one man stands in a guard booth with a flashlight, trying to keep an eye on the stored goods for sale. With all the weapons and high explosives, Luis could do a lot of damage with some of the stuff in here, and Arketta swaps her purloined AK for something much quieter - her Turai sword.

FTE and Hale are near a block of apartment buildings and houses, all fairly run-down looking - but if FTE's optics don't deceive it, there's a whole lot of security cameras pointed outwards from those buildings. Between the cigarette butts and men's clothing hanging out the windows, this must be the housing for most of Wazir's militia. Most of them are likely out on patrol, but there's certain to be several of them left behind to guard this approach, and you're going to have to go right through them.

Zaef and Angel, on the other hand, have the high road approach from the other end of the block. TV aerials and satellite dishes alternate with rooftop gardens, pigeon coops, and laundry lines to make what could be a long line of sight into a broken array of visual lines more like the woods of North Carolina than a flat unbroken plain. Angel's glasses and Zaef's helm show them both that they have good line of sight to where Garrett and Ngawai and FTE and Hale are, but with all the containers and mess where Luis and Arketta are, they're on their own for the moment. But on the other side of the roofs is the goal - a clear sightline over the entire bazaar grounds.

"All right, from here on out, if they're armed, weapons free," Garrett says. "RoE is no survivors. We're going to blow through here -"
"Like the Killing Wind?" Hale asks.
Angel grunts over the vox.
"Exactly," Garrett says. "Let's show them what happens when you fuck with the 815."
Admiral Duck Sauce 2018-03-16 11:48:48
"Did you guys get swords? I didn't get a sword," FTE says. "Was I supposed to have one? I'll just shoot them."
Admiral Duck Sauce 2018-03-16 16:30:03
"Just kidding," it says to Hale. "I have swords, I just didn't want everyone to know. Let's stab these guys and teabag them."
e of pi 2018-03-21 21:28:20
Luis grins to Arketta and trades his beamer for his own sword. "All these explosives lying around like this, it's just sloppy. What if something happens? People could get hurt. Want to help me look for some detcord in here someplace, and see about hurting people and making something happen?"
skullandscythe 2018-03-22 22:53:28
While sniping is much more Angel's cup of tea than his own, Zaef can appreciate being able to support the other teams and pick off some of their tougher targets. Zaef simply decides the teammate to support is Angel, up here on a roof with plenty of concealment, little actual cover, and a big target on his back once he starts shooting.

Zaef looks for likely ways up to the rooftop and ponders how to deal with incoming hostiles. Some ways up he might be able to sabotage, but it'll probably come down to Zaef ambushing new challengers with grenade and blade, and turning his section of the roof into a bloodbath.